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CAS-1000-I2C/E™ Bus Analyzer, Exerciser, Emulator, and Programmer

The CAS-1000-I2C/E™ has all the power, flexibility, and features needed to debug, validate, and test the I2C bus circuitry on a printed circuit board. It is an advanced instrument used in the monitoring and testing of boards and systems incorporating one or more I2C communication busses. The CAS-1000-I2C/E can be used to monitor and log I2C bus traffic in real-time, generate I2C transactions to exercise the bus and communicate to its components, in-system programming of I2C EEPROMs, validate bus specification compliance, confirm I2C protocol of bus traffic, and emulate I2C-compatible devices that are not yet physically connected to the bus. It further complies with the SMbus (System Management Bus) standard variant. The CAS-1000-I2C/E also includes a JTAG controller that, when used with the optional Corelis ScanExpress™ software, can perform structural boundary-scan testing and in-system programming of flash memories and CPLDs.

Because of its rich feature set, reliability, portability and ease-of-use, the CAS-1000-I2C/E can be used in a wide variety of applications, such as product development, troubleshooting, validation, system integration, production, and field testing. Windows® XP/Vista/7 host software included with the CAS-1000-I2C/E provides a user-friendly GUI control and visibility of the CAS-1000-I2C/E, including set-up, options, traffic visibility screens, and test actions. For integrating the CAS-1000-I2C/E into a new or existing test environment, the API included with the CAS-1000-I2C/E can be used to operate the CAS-1000-I2C/E from third party software applications such as National Instruments' LabWindows/CVI and LabView software.

CAS-1000-I2C/E Bus Analyzer/Exerciser I2C Exercise Software Demo Download

CAS-1000-I2C/E Features

  • Supports I2C and SMBus

  • Easily connects to PCs and workstations via USB 2.0 interface

  • Supports Standard-mode, Fast-mode, and Fast-mode Plus (Fm+) with I2C bit rates of up to 5 Mbit/sec

  • Supports High-speed mode (Hs-mode) monitoring of up to 5 Mbit/sec

  • Supports I2C Bus Compliance Validation (up to version 2.1), including electrical/timing characteristics, I2C protocol conformance, error trapping/reporting, rise/fall waveform capture/display

  • Passive traffic monitoring/recording (both state and timing displayed) with time-stamping, message filtering, and symbolic translating

  • Continuous logging of data to disk files

  • Programmable trigger event to highlight bus transactions of interest and/or signal target or external instrument

  • Active programmable and interactive traffic generation supporting all modes including Master, Multi-Master, and Slave while emulating up to 1 Master and/or up to 10 Slaves concurrently

  • Forced I2C error injection can be programmed in the outgoing stream

  • Programmable bus reference (or floating when target references) and input threshold voltages

  • Programmable bus pull-up resistors on SDA and SCL lines ranging from 250 to 50K ohms (or floating when target pulls up)

  • 32-Bit Windows® XP/Vista software with an intuitive Graphical User Interface

  • Powerful command/script language for testing/emulation control

  • In-System I2C Programming of Serial EEPROMs DLL for integration to test programs and executives


Major Functions of CAS-1000-I2C/E

I2C Monitor: Passively listens and records all I2C bus traffic while displaying captured data in real time in both state and waveform timing windows. Virtually unlimited trace data recording capability. Includes message filtering, symbolic translation, and event triggering. Bus signal and protocol conformance are continually evaluated with deviations flagged. The monitor window is shown below.

CAS-1000 I2C Bus Monitor Window

CAS-1000-I2C/E Bus Monitor Window
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I2C Emulator: Enables concurrent virtual devices programmed to interact with the bus in addition to those of the target. These can include a Master (capable of multi-master arbitration), and up to 10 slaves. The above monitor includes and tags this emulated traffic.


I2C Tester: Interprets a script program file to control a go-no-go test sequence, including bus electrical/timing parametric measurements. This enables automatic target bus specification compliance and functionality validation. It is suitable for design/development as well as factory acceptance testing. The test script window is shown below.

CAS-1000 I2C Test Script Window

CAS-1000-I2C/E Test Script Window


I2C Debugger: A user interactive bus I/O access portal. This enables individual bus transfers for immediate target communications. Looping supports repeated I/O patterns to facilitate external signal observations. Besides generic writing and reading of data blocks, a growing library of known standard devices is included showing interactive screens tailored to the device's organization (such as ADCs, DACs, flash memories, SMbus behavior, etc.). The debugger window is shown below.

CAS-1000 I2C Debugger Window

CAS-1000-I2C/E Debugger Window


I2C Programmer: Provides easy-to-use high-speed in-system programming of I2C compatible serial EEPROMs. Two programmer windows are shown below.

CAS-1000 I2C Programming Window

CAS-1000-I2C/E Programmer Window

CAS-1000 I2C Programmer Read Device Contents Window

CAS-1000-I2C/E Programmer Read Device Contents Window


I2C Parameters Scope: Using the Parameters Scope tool, the CAS-1000-I2C/E can be utilized to quickly measure and return the basic electrical and I2C timing parameters of the target bus without setting up the advanced scripting functions of the Test tool. It can gather master specific and slave-specific parameters, such as signal timing characteristics, and also system-wide parameters, such as bus voltage, pull-up resistance, and capacitance. Each measurement is compared to maximum and minimum values loaded from a specification file and the resulting pass or fail status is shown with the measurement. The Parameters Scope provides the additional ability to display a graph of captured signal edge transition data and a trigger can be set to capture a particular I2C bus signal's rising or falling edge.

CAS-1000 Parameters Scope Window

CAS-1000-I2C/E Parameters Scope Window
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One application of the CAS-1000-I2C/E is to rapidly validate compliance of a target bus with the specification. This is supported at the electrical, timing, as well as the signaling level. Another application is to passively monitor any I/O activity transpiring on a target bus. This includes the detection of errant protocol. All such logged information is time stamped for history reconstruction. A third application is the programmed interchange of messages with the target bus system, also recorded by the monitoring function. This method can serve to generally exercise the target bus. It also supports target code development with debug stand-ins for non-existent bus devices. Finally, a general user PC to I2C communications link provides quick and direct visibility/control of target devices. This is extended to user applications via the provided API.

SMBus Support

The System Management Bus, or SMBus, was defined by Intel® Corporation in 1995 and is based on the I2C bus architecture. It is used in personal computers and servers for low-speed system management communications.

SMBus is a two-wire interface through which simple system and power management related chips can communicate with the rest of the system. A system using SMBus as a control bus for these system and power management related tasks passes messages to and from devices by addressed transfers, enabling moderate transfer rates using minimal board resources. With System Management Bus, for example, a device can provide manufacturer information, tell the system what its model/part number is, save its state for a suspend event, report different types of errors, accept control parameters, and return its status. The SMBus may share the same host device and physical bus with standard I2C components. Intel originally conceived the SMBus as the communication bus to accommodate Smart Batteries and other system and power management components.

The CAS-1000-I2C/E software features SMBus decoding for common SMBus devices. Ordinarily, the raw data of the I2C transactions between SMBus devices must be manually decoded into meaningful information. With the SMBus decoding feature, a specific device address can be associated with a text file containing decoding information which allows the I2C Exerciser software to do the interpretation automatically.

The CAS-1000-I2C/E also supports SMBus PEC (Packet Error Checking) message generation.

CAS-1000-I2C/E Bus Monitor Window in SMBus Decoding Mode

CAS-1000-I2C/E Bus Monitor Window in SMBus Decoding Mode
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At the core of the CAS-1000-I2C/E is an on-board engine whose logic performs the low level interaction with the I2C bus. This element receives set-up, direction and drive data from the host via a USB 2.0 port. Conversely, as bus activity is detected and characterized, its transitional information is conveyed up to the host for further processing.

The PC host operates this processor via the USB 2.0 port under the provided Windows application. Alternatively, the user may create custom software which calls included API C/C++ library routines to easily operate the I2C I/O, avoiding hardware management details.

In addition there is an array of onboard physical interface elements to facilitate the required measurement, capture, and operating capabilities. This includes a number of DACs to develop the various programmable voltages.

High-speed A2D converters enable the capture of I2C bus waveforms for analysis, including sensing adjustable thresholds (with hysteresis), signal level crossing detection, and transition time determination.

Programmable Clock Rate

The CAS-1000-I2C/E clock rate is programmable under software for use when emulating a master. It is capable of supporting standard mode and fast mode transfers of up to 5 Mbits/sec as well as intermediate values. For emulated slaves, clocking comes from the target, whose rate is automatically accommodated up to 5 MHz since the clock rate automatically tracks the target bus master.

Test Discrete I/O Signals

Two programmable lines can be operated under PC host software control. They are available to stimulate the target system or sense target conditions in coordination with the testing. Each line is programmable as input, output, or output open-drain. One of these outputs can be a dedicated trigger and programmably linked to the SMB output trigger connector for test synchronization with external laboratory equipment. The other discrete I/O can be tied to the other SMB connector as an input trigger.

Adjustable Voltage Levels

The signal level of the set of discrete I/O and trigger lines is programmable from 1.25V to 3.3V in increments of 50mV. The I2C bus reference voltage can be programmed as target driven through its bus pull-ups or driven from the CAS-1000-I2C/E I2C analyzer. This target reference voltage can also be measured. When the CAS-1000-I2C/E is programmed to source this reference level (both SCL and SDA signals), the voltage can be set with 100mV resolution over the range of 0.8V to 5V. When the CAS-1000-I2C/E reference voltage drives the bus, one of a set of pull-up resistors can be selected. The resistor values span the range from 250 to 50K ohms. Additionally, sensed bus signal high and low individual threshold levels can be adjusted. This supports the bus hysteresis requirements. Default software-determined values are available.

CAS-1000-I2C/E Hardware Configuration Window

CAS-1000-I2C/E Hardware Configuration Window

Auxiliary TAP Port

The CAS-1000-I2C/E includes an IEEE-1149.1 JTAG Test Access Port (TAP). This port can be used to perform boundary-scan testing and in-system programming of flash, EEPROMs and PLDs on the target system and is both hardware and software compatible with the complete ScanExpress™ family of IEEE-1149.1 test and in-system programming products offered by Corelis. This feature is mutually exclusive to the I2C functionality and requires it to be put into the JTAG mode.

* Note: The I2C bus is also often referred to as IIC bus, Philips I2C bus, Inter-IC bus, 2-wire bus, 2-wire serial bus, two-wire bus, or SMBus.


CAS-1000-I2C/E Bus Analyzer, Exerciser, Emulator, and Programmer



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  This CAS-1000-I2C-E Whitepaper provides an overview of how to expedite the development of I2C bus enabled products for bus compliance and interoperability.Download Product Whitepaper  



  While the CAS-1000-I2C/E is aimed at chip design and verification, the low cost BusPro-I is intended primarily for engineers who design and verify printed circuit boards that incorporate I2C buses. It has many of the same features and capabilities of the CAS-1000-I2C/E and is available at a substantially lower price. Click here for more information on the BusPro-I. Visit our I2C Bus Analyzer page for a summary of the BusPro-I and CAS-1000-I2C/E products.  






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